Utilising space with underfloor heating
Project at a glance
The Halo project in Cambridge, by Crest Nicholson, is a unique residential development utilising new construction techniques and contemporary design. Within close proximity to the historic city centre, the development consists of a number of apartment blocks and houses with light and space at the forefront of the design.
Crest Nicholson appointed plumbing and heating contractors, PG Bones, to ensure a smooth installation process at the sought-after development. It was important that UFH was incorporated within the building structure to enable all space within the room to be utilised for interior design.
A bespoke solution for a unique building design
With a variety of properties ranging from one-bedroom apartments to five-bedroom houses, a total of 41 unique houses required a UFH solution. However, JG Speedfit’s technical experts faced an interesting challenge due to a unique floor design.
While most housing developments apply concrete block and beam floors, this project saw the concrete blocks replaced with polystyrene, which interlocked underneath the beams. Using polystyrene provided the building with superior insulation, but it also meant Speedfit were working with a completely new base for their UFH system.
Designing a fuel efficient heating solution
Throughout the project Speedfit provided expert advice to ensure a full understanding of each component. Speedfit also produced a CAD drawing to show the best way to incorporate the system with the original build plan.
It was decided a screeded system with Layflat Pipe would offer the best, most fuel efficient output, which would also reduce installation time, allowing tight deadlines to be met. Compared to traditional radiator installations, the system took less than a day to install.
Incorporating Speedfit’s UFH provides added value, including highly sought-for decorative space advantages and lower running costs, which are always desirable factors house hunters look for.
A money saving solution that adds property value
Using JG Aura heating controls the homeowners have a more flexible and efficient way to regulate heating. The controls enable heating time and temperature to be set within each individual room resulting in considerable energy savings, as only occupied room are heated and only at specific times.
A smart way to control heating
The heating system can be controlled from anywhere in the world, which ultimately means the system settings can be adjusted no matter where homeowners are, as long as they have access to the internet – using a PC, smart phone or tablet.